You may have noticed the weird little Google street view camera cars trundling the streets of Londinium over the last year. At long last the pics have been processed (Boots the Chemist, I expect) and put online.
Yay! Of course this is extremely cool. A modern wonder: fabulous, fascinating, useful, funny etc etc.
And how does the crap press react?
You’ve been framed by Google’s Street View
GOOGLE today removed dozens of pictures from its new Street View service because of privacy concerns…
Google forced to black out thousands of Street View photos after privacy protests.
…followed by, from the “not hypocritical at all” Mail?:
Have you spotted any quirky pictures on Street View? Email us a link to the image at firstname.lastname@example.org
THOUSANDS of privacy protests in a day? Really? I doubt it. I smell journalistic licence (commonly knows as “making up numbers out of thin air”)
The London Paper:
Google privacy protest
Google forced to black out new service after London sex shop pics outrage
What a load of crap. There’s nothing in these pictures that you couldn’t get by going outside and walking around with your eyes open. As if we have anything to worry about, with about 15 CCTV cameras for every citizen.
Anyway – have a look around on Street View – it rocks!
In the meantime, here’s screengrabs of 2 of my favourite local shopfronts.
^^ I like this one because of the lovely old advertising paintings on the walls.
^^ And this one, because it’s so cheeky and naff.